Exercise improves energy levels, boosts the immune system, your mood, and can help you deal with stress, making it a crucial part of your daily routine. Whether you are practicing social distancing, raising small kids, or are working from home, not everybody gets to the gym as often as they’d like to. Sometimes, circumstances like a global pandemic arise and you find yourself staying at home more often. But you don’t have to go to a gym to get a good workout in. In fact, there are plenty of ways to get a good sweat in without leaving your house. Here are four of the easiest ways to burn calories close to home, according to New York Fitness Coach Larry Greenfield.

Larry Greenfield is a certified fitness trainer with decades of practice serving men and women over 40. As an experienced coach, Larry makes sure to consider his clients’ body compositions, overall activity levels, availability of equipment and proximity to the gym, their workout and nutrition choices, and the lifestyle overall. It helps him to create a personalized program that is realistic and achievable by each client. Larry makes sure that they develop long-term habits versus short-term gains.

  1. At-Home Cycling: Programs like Peleton quickly rose to popularity during the COVID-19 quarantine because of their ability to be used from home. They are a great way to torch calories from your living room and even have added motivation because you can do live rides with a personal trainer. This ensures you get a great sweat in without having to leave your house and the live rides are a chance for some extra motivation in a fun environment. It’s also so much fun.
  2. YouTube: Did you know YouTube is an incredible resource for free, on-the-go workouts? Simply type in what kind of workout you are looking to do and you will have instant access to hundreds or thousands of videos that can be done from anywhere at any time. You can choose a different workout for every day of the week if you’d like to add some variety into your workout routine. If you use a tablet or phone to access YouTube, you can even take them out into your backyard or patio to soak up some sun and fresh air while getting your workout done.
  3. Personal Trainer: You can hire a personal trainer to come to your home and workout with you. They will usually bring some of their own portable equipment, but if you have a home gym, they will work with you on that equipment. Trainers will teach you the most effective ways to get in shape and motivate you to reach your goals. They can also help you with nutrition and specialized meal plans if you’re looking to lose weight.
  4. Free Weights: Free weights, ranging in weight from 1 lb to 100 lbs are available at online retailers and sporting goods stores. Pick up a few and you’ll be able to do strength training and build muscle at home. You can even do the weights while watching your favorite show or incorporate the weights into your aerobic routines for some strength building and cardio at once. Not only do you burn calories fast, but you gain some impressive-looking muscles in no time.

COVID-19 has really changed how we do our daily routines. A lot of people are choosing to work out at home even once restrictions are lifted for fears of germs spreading at public gyms. With the above tips, you won’t have to travel far or come in close contact with anyone in order to get your sweat on.

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